With so many Japanese ramen shops opening up as of late, it's quite a chore to keep up with them. After all, there are practically none close to where I live; therefore I need to make an effort to try them. Case in point, I had to tag along with Kim when he visited Hokkaido Ramen Santouka a while back. Fortunately, I've already been able to make it out to Kintaro, Benkei, Menya, G-Men, Shoryumen and Kawawa. There are a few more that are on my list and probably the most important is Motomachi Shokudo. Located in the hub of ramen on the lower portion of Robson, Kim highly recommended that I give it a try. Being that I was in West Vancouver already, I made the short jaunt over to Downtown.
Joining me for lunch today was my son. Yah, that's right, just him, the pickiest eater on Earth. Well, at least noodles are one of the food items that he eats. I got the Shio Ramen with extra pork for myself and a Shoyu Ramen for him. As expected, I ended up eating practically both of them. Luckily I was hungry (no breakfast) and the portions were modest. Unlike the Shio Ramen at Santouka, the broth is more standard being a bit clear and a tad salty. I'm still not sure why the one at Santouka is even called Shio since it more resembles a Tonkotsu broth to me. I digress. As mentioned, the Shio broth was light while still being plenty flavourful. It's probably due to the use of chicken rather than pork for its soup base. I liked this way more than G-Men where it was greasy. I really enjoyed the thin al dente noodles, probably one of the best I've had. As for the pork, I got 2 kinds with one being fatty and the other lean. Both were tender and "porky". Of course the fatty one was more delicious!
As expected, the Shoyu Ramen broth had a soy sauce flavour to it; yet it wasn't too salty. It's not really my preferred broth choice, so I'm a bit biased. So it was alright. The thicker noodles were good; but I still prefer the thinner ones in the Shio Ramen. Overall, I really liked the 2 bowls of noodles here (yah, imagine that, 2 bowls...). Guess which drive-thru we visited for grilled cheese afterwards? A decent value considering the quality, quantity and price. I still like the unique Shio broth at Santouka; but Motomachi Shokudo is more than acceptable in my books.
- Good tasting broth that is not greasy
- Really good noodles
- Great service
- Broth is a tad light for those who like heavy (go over to Kintaro if you do)